Power Politics II
Democrats are crying foul about the way Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is organizing his veto hearing on the issue of electricity rate relief. The governor has scheduled a rare veto hearing to review the legislation recently approved by the Maryland General Assembly during an equally rare special session.
In order to testify for the hearing, the governor has required all interested parties to sign up at a special web site, and even if people sign up, there is no guarantee they will be permitted to speak.
As the rules laid out on the site make clear: "Due to the time constraints, only those individuals who receive an electronic mail or telephonic confirmation may testify."
The governor's office has been clear they intend to hear from both sides in a balanced way. But Democrats wonder whom the governor will exclude and why.
Still, Ehrlich has allowed that those not able (or permitted) to speak can submit written testimony by using the Governor's e-mail form or by writing to the Governor's Legislative Office, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
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